Venue: Ullevaal Stadium,
Competition: UEFA Cup, First Round, First Leg.
Score: Stromsgodset Idrettsforening 1.
Scorers: Stromsgodset Idrettsforening: Amundsen.
Thun; Wolner (Aarseth), Pedersen; Nistdahl, S.
Andersen, Amundsen; Olsen, B. Andersen,
Referee: Sven Jonsson (
European success had always been high on Don Revie’s agenda but there seemed to be a softening of that
attitude in 1973-74. He made regaining the title they had fought so hard to win
in 1968-69 their main priority. They certainly made the perfect start by
winning the first seven games. They fully expected to extent their run when
they travelled to
Stromgodset moved the home leg
from their own Marielyst Stadium in
Despite the Norwegian’s rigid man-marking plan, it took United just a quarter of an hour to open the scoring, Allan Clarke chesting down an Eddie Gray centre and despatching a left-foot shot past Inge Thun. But United, with the Gray brothers in midfield tandem, didn’t find it easy to break down a well organised Norwegian defence after that and Stromgodset equalised ten minutes later when Odd Amundsen smacked a low angled drive through a packed penalty area into the bottom corner. The local fans then roared their delight when Steinar Pettersen ‘nutmegged’ Gordon McQueen, but the cheers turned to groans when he shot straight at Gary Sprake. Gary Liddell nearly marked his debut with a couple of goals, but Inge Thun saved one effort with his feet and when the young striker did get round the goalkeeper on another occasion, Johnny Pedersen cleared off the line and Stromgodset hung on for a famous draw.
Don Revie summed up the Norwegians
in his programme notes for the home leg by saying, “Nearly every European team
is playing with four men strung across the back of the defence, and with a
sweeper behind them. Even our opponents tonight, Stromsgodset,
adopted this formation when we faced them in
“Playing football with this in-built defence mechanism is a policy I have never believed in. The offside game spoils matches for both opposing players and supporters alike. So much depending on timing and if one player is not alert to what is going on around him then he can be left with his collegues disappearing up the park and a pack of forwards swarming down on him. Even so it was a good, wholehearted performance by the Norwegians and consequently we are all looking forward to a good game tonight. It will not be an easy stroll as Stromsgodset are no pushovers by any stretch of the imagination.
Stromsgodset Idrettsforening 1973-74:
Back Row: Thun, Woelner, Halvorsen (sub), Nostdahl, Andersen (S), Amundsen.
Front Row: Pedersen, Pettersen (S), Pettersen (I), Presberg, Andersen (B).
Back Row: Gordon McQueen, David Stewart, David Harvey, Roy Ellam, Joe Jordan, Allan Clarke,
Norman Hunter, Paul Madeley, Mick Jones.
Front Row: Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Terry Yorath, Trevor Cherry, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray,
Terry Cooper, Mick Bates, Billy Bremner. (Johnny Giles absent)
Allan Clarke scored for Leeds Odd Arild Amundsen scored for Stromsgodset Gary Sprake played his last game for Leeds
Terry Yorath, Frank Gray, Mick Bates and Gary Liddell were given European experience as several regulars were rested